It’s amazing what a buck can still buy these days: dog shampoo, frozen chicken pot pies, beauty supplies, Christmas ornaments …
That’s what LaVerneOnline and the AllBusinessJournal found inside the bags of shoppers at the opening of the new Dollar Tree in the old Vons shopping center at the corner of Wheeler and Foothill.
“The store is so clean and organized,” declared shopper and La Verne resident Cathie Clifton. “I really enjoyed the shopping here.”
Chuck used his buck to buy a greeting card. “I didn’t walk around the whole store,” he said, “but what I saw was real nice.”
Betty just came to browse but ended up walking out with a variety of goods, including night lights, a game for her great grandson and some cough medicine. “It’s real beautiful, and nice and clean,” she said. “I guess it should be; it’s new.”
John and Evelyn Gonnella also came to browse but found themselves walking out with chicken pot pies, turkey meat, zip lock bags and bathroom cleanser. “They have all kinds of stuff in there,” John said.
Then John flashed his receipt. Every item rang up at $1.00.
Frank, the store’s manager, appeared pleased by the steady trickle of customers, despite the store’s soft opening. “People are happy there’s a Dollar Tree in their community,” he said, adding that the stores has something for everyone from glassware and dishware to frozen food to an extensive party supply section.
Asked if even he were amazed by some of the low prices, he didn’t flinch.
“We operate on a low margin and pass on the savings to our customers,” he replied.
The Dollar Tree is open seven days a week, so if you didn’t make it on opening day, you should still have lots of time to scoop up some bargains.